2021 Winter – Music Composition & Production in GarageBand
This course is designed for students interested in making music. They will learn to use a music-making app called GarageBand, a free “digital audio workstation” for iPhone and iPad.
Classes are structured to accommodate learning at varying levels of experience. In most sessions, students will participate in a discussion on compositional tools and techniques, such as rhythm, melody, chord, instrumentation, song structure, audio effects, and mixing. Following the discussion they will work on an in-class exercise pertaining to the discussion topic. Each exercise will have multiple levels of difficulty by which it can be completed, so there will always be an appropriate level of challenge whether the student is a beginner or advanced.
As the semester progresses, classes will shift focus toward students developing full songs of their own. Gradually, more time will be spent composing than discussion or specific exercises. The last few classes of the semester will be fully dedicated to student composition and production, where they will create their final pieces of music in the course. These pieces will be combined into a class album, which will then be put up on Soundcloud.
In the event of high enrollment, this course will be split into “novice” and “experienced” sections. The course structure will remain the same, though tailored for the section’s experience level.
Click here to listen to the students’ work samples.
- Grade G8-G12
- Max Enroll 8
- Class Time 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST, Sundays (1/31 - 5/9, no class on 2/14, 3/28, 4/4)
- Class Location Online